Palette of pallet use

In the world of packaging, simpler answers are usually the best. Take a pallet for an example. The pallet is a relatively plain flat structure used as a base for the unitization of the products in the supply chain. The MH1-2016 standard defines the pallet as a “portable, horizontal, rigid, composite platform used as a base for assembling, storing, stacking, handling and transporting goods as a unit load; often equipped with a superstructure.” In the beginning, boxes were manually placed on a pallet, but today, there is a vast choice of automated and robotic Palletizers, Depalletizers, and palletizing systems

Pallets are used to stack, store, protect, and transport materials, and they are being handled by forklifts, pallet jacks or conveyors. The pallet is the most common base of the unit load, which includes pallet and goods stacked on top of it, usually secured with stretch wrap, strapping, shrink wrap, adhesive tapes, pallet collar, or other means of stabilization.

Pallets are commonly reusable since reuse of pallets provides a lower cost per transportation and less impact on the surroundings. We always recommend putting in a better quality pallet that will last longer, offering a lower cost per use rather than cheaper alternatives. Savings accomplished this way can be invested in a solid, economical and efficient palletizing system that will match your needs.

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Pallets can be made from a variety of materials. The first association is wood, providing an excellent value in terms of cost and execution. It is stiff, easily fabricated into various sizes, and most of all – inexpensive. Other materials are also valued, mostly because they don’t fall under ISPM 15 requirements. Plastic pallets are prized for their durability and ease of cleaning. Paper pallets are popular because of their cleanliness, lightweight, and ease of recycling.  Wood composite pallets are also excluded from ISPM 15 requirements and they provide a stiff, fair priced product which can be easily recycled.  Metal pallets are also present, particularly in applications where pallet strength and durability are required.

 

Pallets can significantly improve shipping and stacking logistics, but the manual placing of products on the pallet is time-consuming and stressful for the workers, which is why various palletizing solutions and systems are being utilized instead.

A Palletizer or palletizing machine is a machine which automatically stacks cases of goods or products onto a pallet.

The first mechanized Palletizer was designed, built, and installed in 1948 by a company formerly known as Lamson Corp.

The first type of mechanized Palletizer was the row-forming Palletizer which was introduced in the early 1950s. In row-forming palletizing application, loads are first arranged on a row forming area. Then, they are being moved to a seperate area where layers are formed. This process repeats until a full layer of goods and products are ready to be placed on a pallet.

The in-line Palletizer was developed in the 1970s when higher speeds were required for palletizing. This Palletizer type uses a continuous motion flow divider that guides the cases of products into the desired area on the layer forming platform.

Robotic Palletizers were introduced in the early 1980s. These Palletizers have an end of arm tool (end effector) used to grab the product from a conveyor or layer table and position it onto a pallet. Robotic Palletizers can be seen in many industries including food processing, manufacturing, and shipping.   Different end-of-arm-tools allow flexibility and different types of robot palletization. For example, bag grippers grab an item and support it on the bottom, while suction and magnetic grippers usually handle more ridged items and grip them from the top. Robotic Palletizers changed the purpose of the worker as well: the worker went from a manual ordering of boxes on a pallet to a Palletizer operator.

 

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We are sure that you have already embraced the use of pallets for shipping and stacking of your products, but do you have an appropriate palletizing solution? There are many Palletizer manufacturers, but make sure to check Tetristack Robotic Palletizers by Tishma Technologies, a robotic palletizing system built to meet your palletizing needs and your floor space.

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